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I just love this sunshiney, lovely wedding from the talented Lauren Wright Weddings! I love the wildflower centerpieces, the outdoor setting, the easy-breezy feeling of this sweet, simple wedding! This couple focused on only what was most important, and managed to have their big day for a very budget-savvy six thousand dollars! Hope you all enjoy this edition of the BSWOW! –xoxo, Jessica


Mark + Emily

April 2, 2011
Hampton, GA  :  Nash Farm Battle Field

What was your budget?

Around $6,000 total, here’s the breakdown:

$300- Carriage House at Nash Farm for 2 nights
$2500- Shane’s Rib Shack catering rehearsal dinner & reception
$816- dress, veil, shoes (David’s Bridal)
FREE- photography. Our photographers are friends of ours and offered to shoot our day for free
$350- flowers (Hobby Lobby)
$60 Hair style
$260 wedding party gifts
$400 both cakes (Publix)
FREE Tux rental when you rent the groomsmen’s tuxes (Men’s Warehouse)
$250 Rentals- punch bowl, candelabra, linens, extra chairs (Patrick Rentals)
$400 DJ & guitarist
$450 Wedding stuff 2 Ring bearer pillows, flower basket, champagne flutes, cake topper, vases, river rocks, toss garter, bird seed tulle (Hobby Lobby), flower petals, jordan almonds, favor boxes, invitations, bird seed (Walmart), Signature frame (David’s Bridal).
Total: $5386

How many guests did you have?

120 of our closest family and friends were in attendance.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We had an I-SPY game at every table and provided disposable cameras at each table. You can find it on Martha Stuart’s wedding website. We also made a timeline of childhood photos around the room pinned to twine with mini clothespins.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We chose a beautiful, yet sensible location :-) We also opted to not have a photographer. However, my wonderful friend, Lauren Wright, was training a new wedding photographer, Megan Dougherty, and together they made the gracious offer to photograph our big day for free. We were overjoyed & cherish those photos so very much! We were also fortunate enough to have good friends that DJ events and sign locally. They were wonderful and gave us a great price :-)

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Stick to your budget and spend wisely! Why spend 20k on a wedding when you could save 15k to put toward the down payment of a new home? It’s a memorable day, but it goes by in the blink of an eye. Make it special, but keep it sensible :-)

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress. I bought it on the spot after I feel in love with it. I had admired it in David’s Bridal commercials for years and I knew it was “the one” as soon as it was zipped up. :-)

What was your favorite detail?

Our wild flowers as the center pieces. They were from Hobby Lobby & I created them myself. They were green, white & yellow and they matched the whole theme :-)

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our “First Look” before the wedding began. Lauren and Megan created the best first look where I walked up to Mark and he turned around to see me near a big oak tree. They did a great job of capturing every look and all of the smiles and laughter.


Photography: Lauren Wright Weddings Venue: Nash Farm  |   Rentals: Patrick Rentals DressDavid’s Bridal  |  Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse  |  DIY Materials: Hobby Lobby   Catering: Shane’s Rib Shack

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  • Lynn Gelpke

    I was wondering who your DJ was? I am new to Mcdonough and I am getting married at Nash Farms in May 2015. I am so afraid that I don’t know anyone out here. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. You and your husband look great!

    Thank you!